WordPress Default Theme

In this guide, we’ll show you how to set your WordPress site back to the default theme.

This is often required when debugging, or when encountering an issue with a new theme. Read on to find out how it’s done.

If you have Admin Panel Access:

As long as you’re able to access your admin panel at:


you’re off to a great start. With admin panel access you can easily switch to the default theme. Start by logging into your account, and then click on the ‘Appearance’ tab on the left side menu.

The Themes panel will open, and show thumbnails for each theme you have installed. Here, you can simply hover over any theme and click the ‘activate’ button, such as the default theme.

Wordpress default theme

Congratulations! You’ve now successfully learned how to change your theme.

If you do not have Admin Panel Access:

If you’re unable to access your admin panel, fear not! There’s still a way for you to switch to the default theme with no admin access.

To do so, simply open your wp-content folder, and rename the theme folder inside to anything else, such as themes_inactive.

Renaming the themes folder will stop WordPress from finding the applied theme – when it can’t find the intended theme, it will revert back to the default theme automatically.

If a broken theme was the reason you didn’t have admin panel access, that should now be restored. Let me know in the comments below if your issue was resolved!

If you’re not sure if you have Admin Panel Access:

If you’re unsure whether you have admin panel access or not, try going to the following URL:


Update the ‘YOUR-SITE-HERE’ part with your site URL. If you see a WordPress login page, you’re on the right track. If your credentials are saved and you’re able to log in, congratulations! You have admin panel access. Click here for next steps.

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